Northern Maine: Culture Shock?
At the last minute, a rental in central Maine for which I had one foot out the door fell through. When one's entire household is packed and ready to move, even across town, the trauma is pretty severe; and doubts about my own motives prompt this question.
A lovely landlord in northern Maine is offering a rental sight-unseen. I've checked out this party as much as someone not a CIA agent can and find no reason for worry. If all goes as planned, I'll be relocating November 1. Nothing on either end is set in stone, and the landlord isn't pressuring the rental.
Friends and family aware of the shock the loss of the central Maine home had on me have asked if a relocation to northern Maine won't result in too much "culture shock." I speak serviceable French, one of the draws of a U.S. state so near Quebec. Additionally, the upturn not only in violence but in the general speed of everyday life in my mid-Atlantic region was another of Maine's draws. I wondered if life in central Maine near a major university would be slow enough to suit me.
But I'd like some frank (or even French) responses as to what a non-Mainer can expect, relocating to a border-town. I'm wondering if being a Baby Boomer will help or hurt chances of being welcomed to the community and if others who have made the move have found the relief from the twenty-first century I hope to find.
Thanks for all responses--the more blunt, the better, in either French or English!
Read responses in city-data.com